Discovering New York City can mean extremely different things, depending on what you like and how curious you are! In this article, which we will constantly update, we will share with you photos, videos, and locations of some mysterious buildings in New York City.
What do we mean by mysterious? For example, old buildings that have either no windows at all or “fake” windows.
686-688 Third Avenue, Manhattan
The first one is the building located on 686-688 Third Avenue, between 43rd and 44th street, in Midtown Manhattan.
In 1895 architect James Stroud designed two one-story buildings with cast-iron storefronts for Charles W. Doherty at Nos. 686 and 688 Third Avenue.
Isaac Cohen purchased the properties and immediately laid plans to replace them with a more profitable structure. He hired architect Charles B. Meyers to design a “six-story tenement” on the site at a cost of $40,000–just over $1 million today.
Faced in beige brick, the building expectedly included stores at sidewalk level. The upper floors were decorated with stone and terra cotta. The two-bay wide central section stole the limelight with carved, draped garlands over blind panels on the second floor, and Renaissance-inspired pediments over the paired windows of the four upper floors.
The handsome 1907 building with more than its share of troubling history is rather abused today. At some point, the cornice was removed, and while the Certificate of Occupancy still shows apartments on the upper four floors, the windows are boarded over.